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Chris Martin

Athletics
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Classification
F33

Further personal information

Residence
Mansfield, ENG
Occupation
Analyst
Languages
English
Higher education
Computing - Nottingham Trent University: Nottingham, ENG

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began the sport at the age of 18 in Nottingham.
Club / Team
Mansfield Harriers: Mansfield, ENG
Name of coach
Phil Peat
Coach from which country?
England
Coach from what year?
2002

International debut

Year
1994
Competing for
Great Britain
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Berlin

General interest

Hobbies
Supporting football team Nottingham Forest, watching films and playing PlayStation. (Athlete, 06 Dec 2010)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal in the [F33] discus at the 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney. (Athlete, 06 Dec 2010)
Most influential person in career
F35 athlete Paul Williams, for pushing him hard in training. (Athlete, 06 Dec 2010)
Hero / Idol
Great Britain's double Olympic Games decathlon champion Daley Thompson, and former England football captain Stuart Pearce. (Athlete, 06 Dec 2010)
Injuries
He had back and knee problems in 2004 and 2008. (Athlete, 06 Dec 2010)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He tries to avoid morning events and rain. (Athlete, 06 Dec 2010)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Just get on with it." (Athlete, 06 Dec 2010)
Other sports
Swimming and table tennis at U19 level, and he also played cricket for Nottinghamshire Disabled Cricket Club between 2003 and 2007. (Athlete, 06 Dec 2010)
Other information
FINAL HURDLE
He led the [F33-34/52] discus event at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing up until the final round when Latvia's Aigars Apinis produced a new world record with his final throw to steal gold. "I'm really pleased I've won silver but I so much wanted gold," he said. "I'm just disappointed at the way the event unfolded. I thought I was in control of the competition." (news.bbc.co.uk, 08 Sep 2008, paralympics.org.uk, 28 Jan 2010)

COMEBACK
He retired from athletics in 2004 after the Paralympic Games in Athens, but returned to the sport in 2007. (paralympics.org.uk, 28 Jan 2010)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics World Championships Birmingham 1998 (Birmingham, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F33 Final Round 5
Men's Discus Throw F33 Final Round 1
Men's Javelin F33 Final Round 1
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Discus Throw F33/34/52 Final Round 2
2011 IPC Athletics World Championships (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Discus Throw F32-34 Final 2011-01-24 14